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    September 21, 2010
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the stink bugs crawling on the windows. that may have changed friday when a worker began checking books that had been dropped off overnight. >> we inspect the materials to make sure there are no ripped pages or damaged materials. our staff member immediately recognized there were several small bugs inside one of the books. >> reporter: not just any bugs. bedbugs. >> what exactly are bedbugs in >> i don't really know. i guess little creatures. >> reporter: creatures or flat little reddish insects that feed on human blood. >> immediately bagged up all the materials that were in any proximity to that book. bagged them up and removed them from the building. >> reporter: fumigating the building was the easy part. then library officials had to decide what to do with the bedbugs they already had on hand. and they came up with two options. either to freeze them or to fry them. well, actually, they opted to
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bake them. placing them inside the back of their delivery truck where they believe once the temperature reaches 120 degrees no bugs, only books, will survive. >> i don't want them in our house. that's all i know. >> reporter: in frederick county, jeff hager, abc2 news. >> exterminators will treat all the county's eight libraries. it's two book mobiles and delivery van. the patron was notified who dropped them off. bedbugs are on the attack across the country. a student in washington state is among the latest to fall victim. jacob quinn is covered with bites on his arms, legs, back and neck. he ended up in the emergency room. he had just moved into a new apartment two weeks ago. >> we got flashlights and did a deep search. we found them in the carpet, in the corners. >> reporter: jacob is recovering with prescription medication and waiting word that the bugs are gone so he
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can move back into his apartment. pest control experts say heat is the only way to get rid of bedbugs. now, a fast fix to get rid of bedbugs is what many folks are looking for thanks to the breakouts all over the state and country but before you spend big bucks to fix that problem you may want to think twice. abc2 news investigator joce sterman joins us with a warning about some of those treatments. >> reporter: the idea of ending up with bedbugs is enough to send all of us scrambling for solutions but be warned, the bug epidemic that has been spreading across america has brought scammers out of the woodwork. as more and more cases of bedbug problems get reported, we're all getting the itch and looking for ways to keep those pests out of the places we sleep. but aarp is warning people not to believe the hype about many products promoted as keeping those bugs at bay. if you think you have bedbugs the group says there are steps you need to take so you don't get scammed. first, keep in mind treatments cost anywhere between $200 and $6,000, so before you shell out
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big sums of cash make sure what you're seeing is really a bedbug infestation. the cdc has details to help you identify the bugs on their web site. then you've got to find a qualified exterminator, shop around and get written estimates. make sure you ask the technician to show you proof you really have the problem before you pay for any treatment. ask about follow-up. you should see a dramatic drop in the problem within a week or so but make sure your technician is willing to come back with to charge if the bugs don't disappear. and, it's important to note that bed beings are treated different ways depending on where you live and the climate. some get frozen out. others use extreme heat or steam. make sure the exterminator you use has the tools needed to beat the problem here. many experts say what the bombs in in many stores often make the situation worse. joce sterman, abc2 news. >> thank you. friends and family will attend a viewing tonight for
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joey d' entremont. it's at 6:00 p.m. at the mountain christian church in joppa from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00. the 14-year-old was struck by a car and killed friday night in bel air. police say the driver that hit him had the green light and there's no evidence at this point the driver was speeding. a second viewing will be held for him tomorrow, the mountain christian church, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. and a funeral will follow. the police commissioner met with hospital and college officials today to review plans for responding to emergencies like the shooting of the doctor last week at johns hopkins hospital. fred bealefeld met tuesday with representatives from institutions such as hopkins, loyola university, morgan state university and the university of baltimore. police say the department and the hopkins hospital security force worked well together thursday after a patient's son shot his mother's doctor. the patient cimed himself and his -- killed himself and his
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mother. a woman is recovering tonight after jumping out of the window of a burning home in north baltimore. the fire started in a single-family home near the intersection of northern parkway and falls road. six people were home at the time of the fire. the 57-year-old jumped from a second-floor window. she was taken to the hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries. it's still not clear what caused the fire but the house was severely damaged. another day of fantastic sunshine. as we get into the last hours of summer, 2010. ending on kind of a cool note here. upper 70s this afternoon. now we're mid-70s. downtown, 73 annapolis. a little cooler there. 80 in dc and 81 in frederick. not bad. clear skies, i mean clear. all across maryland. the entire central east coast under a clear sky, as quiet as it gets weatherwise. that continues the rest of the evening. as we fall into the 60s eventually, under a clear sky.
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last night some spots were down around 40 degrees. i don't think we're going to be quite that cold overnight tonight. we'll talk about that and also a dramatic warming trend into the first days of fall. those details coming up. president obama held a town hall meeting today, meeting face to face with the voters and listening to some of their concerns. as sphiews sphiews -- abc2 news john hendren explains, their number one concern was no surprise, the economy. >> reporter: the president's election year message, give democrats time to fix the economy. >> they are not offering any new ideas. the chair of one of their campaign committees said if they take over congress they will pursue, i'm quoting now, the exact same agenda as they did before i took office. the same agenda. >> reporter: even to many supporters at the cnbc town hall it's a hard sell. >> is the american dream dead for me?
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>> defending you, defending your administration, defending the change i voted for? >> my goal here is not to try to convince you that everything is where it needs to be. it's not. but what i am saying is that we're moving in the right direction. >> reporter: former president clinton suggested a new pitch. >> it's ok to be mad, but make a choice based on what should we do now and who is more likely to do it. >> reporter: that might also be a hard sell. in a new poll 23% say for the economy to recover democrats should control congress. 26% say republicans. nearly half say it doesn't matter. >> i think i bought into the belief that he had something special to move the needle faster and more deliberately. and more, quite frankly beneficially for the middle class than in fact the realities are. >> reporter: as wellma hart says she's loosing what was once obama's trademark offering. hope. that pessimism runs deep in our poll. half of americans say the american dream is still
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possible, 43% say it no longer is. john hendren, abc news, washington. >> follow on the theme employees in maryland cut 5,700 jobs last month putting the unemployment rate up 7%. the maryland jobs picture originally appeared to be on the upswing from march through july. some jobs cut in august were temporary positions related to the census 2010 effort. key services also cut jobs. maryland's unemployment rate remains lower than the nation which was 9.6% in august. nationwide, employers cut 54,000 jobs last month. senate republicans refused to repeal the law banning gays from serving openly in the military. as a result, democrats and gay rights advocates may have lost their last best chance before the november election to overturn the law last known as
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"don't ask, don't tell." democrats needed senator susan collins to repeal "don't ask, don't tell." but when they closed off the debate on the effort to overturn banning gays openly serving in the military they lost her. >> now is not the time to play politics. simply because an election is looming in a few weeks. >> the repeal effort had its opponents but it was yxávan iss of real aagreement for 60 senators. the number it takes to move a bill. even conservative democrats were on board. daring republicans to say no, democrats added the repeal to a $762 billion bill to authorize military spending for the next year. many gay groups feel they lost a crucial chance to change the law before the elections and perhaps a less sympathetic congress. some baltimore county schools are working to eliminate bullying.
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at one middle school students listened to comedian keith deltano who presented skids on how to deal with bullying students and focused with dealing with others in more peaceful ways. >> to bring some focus on the concerns that parents and students are having in schools these days, trying to teach students skills to deal with bullying, encourage them to interact in a way that is more respectful and useful. >> reporter: parents in the essex area are encouraged to attend a workshop on bullying tonight at 7:00 p.m. ? towson commons went on the auction block today. new at 5:30 -- someone bought it but there's still a mystery as to what the future holds for that area. and tough new rules go into effect to crack down on distracted drivers. we'll look at the new laws, coming up. plus, it's child passenger safety week. tips on how to keep your toddlers securely fastened.
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>> looking at hereford tonight, currently 72 degrees. wyett has a complete look at the forecast coming up. old gibbs canning company.
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no longer the assistant offensive line coach with the ravens, facing drunken driving charges. tate police arrested the coach after pulling him over for speeding on the beltway at greenspring early saturday morning. he says he will plead not guilty. this is mo's second dui charge. the first one happened in may but was thrown out. he has been with the ravens for three years after coaching at michigan. well, distracted driving while texting or talking on the phone has become almost a great hazard on america's highways, as much as drunk drivers. and today, as t.j. winick tells us, some tough new rules go into effect to deal with the
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problem as the transportation department takes dead aim on the distracted driver. >> it's a huge deterrent. >> reporter: they've been on a mission ever since their daughter heather died while driving to meet her wedding planner. >> we could not believe our daughter could be taken from us by somebody who was texting. >> reporter: in fact, last year, nearly 5,500 people died on the roads and nearly 500,000 injured because of a distracted driver. the secretary of transportation calls distracted driving an epidemic. >> there's no call or e-mail so important that it can't wait. >> reporter: two new laws recently went into effect to combat disdracted driving. >> reporter: commercial bus and truck drivers are now prohibited from sending text messages on the job. this morning, at the second national distracted driving summit, ray lahood proposed barring truck drivers from sending texts while hauling
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hazardous materials. >> we need good laws but most of all we need personal responsibility. >> reporter: the government is tackling distracted driving as if it was drunk driving. with public service nowmghts and tough new state laws. the herds who lost their daughter know it's about changing attitudes and making sure everyone knows what is at stake. >> we want you to turn your cell phone off. we're living proof in three or four seconds you're entire life can change. and certainly will never the same again. >> reporter: 30 states and washington, dc prohibit drivers from texting behind the wheel and eight states have passed laws banning drivers from using handheld cell phones. tj winick, abc news, new york. here's a little disturbing fact. vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children 3 to 14 years old. this is child passenger safety week. police and other organizations are teeming up to educate
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parents on better securing your children. in our "take 5" series, sherrie johnson looks at five ways to secure your 2 to 4-year-old. >> reporter: 4-year-old andrew roger and his mom are off to run some errands. first, we must make sure he's secure in his safety seat. nearly 9,000 lives have been saved from 1975 to 2008 by the proper use of child safety seats. during national passenger safety week aaa mid-atlantic is reminding parents and caregivers to make sure children are secured properly in the correct seats every trip, every time. myra lehman is the traffickest manager for aaa. five tips. >> tip number one is, when you're restraining your toddler you want to make sure that the seat itself is tight and to check for that you want to pull right here. near the belt path. no more than one inch of movement. and make sure that the harness is there strap is tight. if you can pinch the harness
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strap that is way too loose. and it's time to tighten it up. if you used your seat rear-facing and going to turn it forward-facing, it's important to remember that the seat cannot be in the recline mode. it has to be upright when the seat is forward-facing. the third tip is, car seats don't last forever. most seats have about a six to 9-year life. so you can look for the sticker on the seat that tells you when the car seat was manufactured. and then check the car seat manual to determine how long the manufacturer recommends you keep that seat. remember to use the tether strap. these became available at about the year 2000. they are going to prevent the upper portion of the car seat from forward movement. if you're going to use the lower anchors to secure the child safety seat in your vehicle make sure you check the vehicle owner manual to find out where the positions of
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those lower anchors are located. and then make sure that you also check the weight limit for that lower anchor so that the child is not too large for the anchors itself. >> reporter: secure your child properly in an age and size-appropriate child safety seat in the back seat of your car, is the most effective thing you can do to protect them in a crash. sherrie johnson, abc2 news. we're knocking on the door of fall. >> beautiful day. and you say, man, this is the last full day of summer. we begin fall tomorrow evening. then as we go into the end of the week, first days of fall. don't get the hot apple cider ready just yet. you might want some ice cold apple juice as it looks now. we're talking about temperatures pushing 90 into the first days of fall. that is the kinds of year --
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2010 has been that way. expect the unexpected. that's what we're getting. >> all right. keep that air conditioning rolling. let's look outside. beautiful weather out there today. winds have been a little variable. starting off early this morning with a little north breeze. now we've seen winds shift from the south. and temperature-wise, 75 degrees. humidity 43%. and barometer 30.12, holding steady. let's look at some of the weathernet cameras across the state. a gorgeous start, a lot of blue sky through the day. a tough time picking out one or two clouds in the sky. that's what happens when you get these early season giant canadian highs overhead. it just means sinking air and clouds really have no chance to form because that air is actually moving vertically from -- you know, a high iraltitude to lower altitude. you need the reverse of that to get the clouds going. we didn't see it. just keep the sunglasses handy. mid to upper 70s, fallston 76, northeast to 73.
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and frederick, just a little warmer. in fact, at the airport in frederick we actually got into the 80s today. wind gusts, again, they are present but not particularly powerful today. and right now temperature-wise we've cooled off some, in the mid-70s now from the upper 70s and low 80s earlier. except for over south of the virginia border where they are still seeing 80s there. humidity comfortably low. bone dry. that changes tomorrow. winds will continue to come from the south. that is gig to bring up that southerly breeze and more humid weather. clear skies over the entire mid-atlantic now. this is just as quiet as it gets with high pressure centered just about over new jersey right now. so that is just meaning nothing but clear weather here across the central part of the east coast. a little disturbance well north and west, we'll probably get a glancing blow but the front itself doesn't look like it will come through. high pressure holds another night tomorrow. as this moves further east we'll get more of a southerly wind. that is going to pump up the
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temperatures into the mid-80s. thursday and friday, flirting with 90. tonight and through the day tomorrow, clouds increase late in the day but i think the chance of showers is slim and whatever rain we see comes in tomorrow evening. then into the day on thursday we're talking about partly cloudy skies. quick check on the tropics, all clear off the u.s. east coast. we have tropical storm lisa coming off of the african coast. so we'll see what happens with that through the week. back here tonight, 57, mostly clear on a south breeze. tomorrow through the day we're talking about 87, warmer day. clouds on the increase late in the afternoon and check out tomorrow night. we'll bring in the chance of showers, a brief window where we could see a little of that much-needed rain before things clear overnight. look at the rest of the week here. temperatures just get hotter. 89 thursday, talking about close to 90, if not there on friday. and then another cool front saturday into sunday drops us back down but still pleasant on the temperature front. after friday that is.
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today marks world alzheimer's day. how the alzheimer's association is creating awareness about the debilitating disease. plus new at 5:30 -- a wisconsin prosecutor is in hot water for sending suggestive text messages to a victim of domestic violence. what the governor is asking the prosecutor to do now. [ male announcer ] it's sunday afternoon.
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awareness of a debilitating disease that affects millions of people. >> reporter: today is world alzheimer's day. alzheimer's disease international, a group made up of 73 individual organizations that aim to raise global awarns released its annual report focusing on the global economic impact of dementia. according to the report the estimated worldwide cost of the disease amounts to $604 billion. last year the world alzheimer's report estimated there are currently 35.6 million people living with dementia, the major cause of which is alzheimer's. the number is expected to rise to 65.7 million by the year 2030. nearly 70% of alzheimer's patients are cared for at home by family members. some countries including france, australia and england have created national
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alzheimer's disease plans but the u.s. has yet to adopt a formal national preparation for it. there is currently no cure for alzheimer's disease and dementia but scientists continue to test drug and non-drug treatments that may help with memory and behavioral functions. with this "medical minute," i'm dr. timothy johnson. a woman who claimed that someone attacked her with acid is in trouble once again. find out what she's accused of doing now. that's all new at 5:30. bob ehrlich pretends to be for the working guy... but he's not on our side. i thought i knew bob ehrlich, but then i found out... he raised property taxes on every maryland family... and business. he increased college tuition... by 40%. 40%. and i thought i knew bob ehrlich. he was against raising the minimum wage. made $2.5 million... working for a lobbying firm. $2.5 million?
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